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Shuttling to put out mulch
Just before 6:30 on Sunday morning, Caroline Springs Fire Brigade, along with MFB Pumper 43 and Water Tanker 43 from Deer Park, were paged to a reported green waste fire at the Boral Quarry in Ravenhall.
On arrival, crews found a large 100m x 100m pile of green waste and mulch, with an area of 20m x 20m well alight, located at the quarry on Christies Road. With monitors set up, and heavy backhoe equipment used to try and break apart the piles, a request from Station Officer Contessa from Caroline Springs to “Make Tankers 5”, quickly followed by “Make Tankers 10” due to the nearest water source being at least a kilometre outside the perimeter of the premises.
A request was also made by MFB for a Teleboom from Sunshine, to put an aerial monitor closer into the pockets of fire unable to be reached by conventional hoselines.
With a Tanker Shuttle being used to ferry water to a Pumper, then the Teleboom, Tankers were also utilised with crews working on another pile with handlines.
With thanks to the heavy machinery from the quarry and recycling centre starting to gain access into the piles of mulch, the piles were slowly ripped apart and drowned. Crews were also ever vigilant with a number of excavators and water trucks from the quarry being used, as well as CFA Tankers ferrying water back and forth.
MFB also responded their Fire Duty POD so that crews could be rehydrated and rotated through their tasks throughout the morning.
Appliances onscene were;
Bulla – Tanker 1.
Caroline Springs - Car, Pumper, Pumper-Tanker, Tanker 1.
Diggers Rest – Tanker 1.
Hoppers Crossing – Tanker.
Melton – FCV, Tanker, Pumper-Tanker.
Point Cook – Tanker.
Sunbury – Tanker 1.
Toolern Vale – Tanker 1.
Truganina – Car, Tanker 1.
Werribee – Tanker 1.
CFA – RDO Redman, OO Clancy.
MFB – Pumper 43, Water-Tanker 43, Teleboom 44, Transporter 47, Western Zone Commander.
Appliances weren’t released until midday, while the owners of the quarry finally doused the last of the hotspots throughout the rest of the day.
The OIC of this incident was initially SO Contessa, with SO Gibson taking over during the later morning, with RDO Redman and OO Clancy in support.
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn - CFA Photographer.